How to Turn On iMessage on Mac

iMessage is a hassle-free, simple way to communicate with your friends, family members, and colleagues—and it’s built-in on any given Apple device. It allows you to send videos, text, send bitmojis or play games with whoever you like, whenever you like. The set-up process differs with the device but the steps are essentially the same. If you’re new to Macbook or have just never used iMessage, don’t fret. The following method will present one easy way on how to set-up iMessage on any Apple Macbook. There’s also a method to sync iMessage if you already have it on another device.

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Setting Up iMessage

  • The first thing to do is to open your Mac and launch iMessages. Lanch is just a fancy way of telling you to click on the icon. You can find the green-and-white speech bubble icon either in the Applications folder or at the bottom of your screen on the Mac—in the Dock.
  • A window will pop up, prompting you to sign in with an Apple ID. If you have one, enter the email and password and click Next.
  • You might be asked for a two-factor authentication code if you had initially set it up with your Apple ID. It’s just another safety measure. Enter the verification code and proceed. If you don’t have an Apple ID, click the blue text at the bottom left of the window where it says “Create new Apple ID” and follow the steps to log in.
  • Go to the top left of your screen where it says “Messages” next to the Apple icon. Scroll down and hit “Preferences”.
  • Choose iMessage from the two tabs, and make sure the box for “Enable Messages in iCloud” is checked off.
  • Moving below, add or enable a phone number to use with iMessage in the bar for “Start new conversations from”. Close the window when done.

And that’s it! This time when you log into iMessage, your account will be set up for you.

Syncing iMessage Via iCloud

You can use this method directly from your desktop without the need to launch the iMessage app. Simply follow these steps:

  • Go to the top left of your screen where it says “Messages” next to the Apple icon. Scroll down and hit “Preferences”.
  • Choose iMessage from the two tabs, and make sure the box for “Enable Messages in iCloud” and “Enable this account” is checked off.
  • Looking to the right of these boxes, click “Sync Now”. You’re done.

Of course, to use this option, you will need to have iMessage already set up on at least one other device. Syncing them will allow you to use iMessage across these devices with no problem. You can set up notifications so you stay up-to-date. The syncing feature will also allow you to view message history on another device, as well as backing it up or downloading it whenever you want.

Setting up iMessage is something you can do from the comfort of your home without needing support from Apple or any outside source, within no time. These setup methods are meant for Macs, but iPhone users can do it too, to send SMS and MMS messages. You can also enable Siri to send a message virtually without even opening the app! It is unlikely that you should experience any hardships in the process, but it happens. Alternatively, if you’re having trouble syncing or launching iMessage on your Mac, contact Apple Support immediately.

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